The Spireites fall to a third straight defeat at the hands of Woking and fall further down the pecking order, as Woking secure three vital points at the top end of the table.
A cagey opening five minutes to the first half which was to be expected with so much at stake in this game, but it was Woking who opened the scoring the Chesterfield defender got caught cold and Rhys Browne teed up Padraig Amond who had the simple task of putting it into an empty net.
And then just two minutes later things went from bad to worse, Ashley Palmer gave possession away in an attacking area and allowed James Daly who ran free on goal, rounded Lucas Covolan before placing the ball into an empty net for 2-0 to away side.
Chesterfield had a chance of their own in a frantic four minute spell, the ball fell to Ryan Colclough on the edge of the box but his curling effort was tipped over the bar by Craig Ross.
The Spireites struggled to get out of their own half after the second, but the home side nearly halved the deficit. Jeff King with the short corner to Armando Dobra who struck a shot from the edge of the box and again the Woking keeper made the save to keep their two goal advantage intact.
And as we approached the half hour mark Woking weren’t settling for just two goals, and they nearly added a third a corner aimed towards the back post Jamie Grimes rose highest to force Covolan into a terrific reaction save.
Then with 10 minutes left of the first half Chesterfield were caught at the back Covolan evaded three challenges before he tried to clear the ball. But it fell to a Woking player who’s first time cross found Jim Kellermann who headed home from close range to make it 3-0.
Woking ended the half in the ascendency not just in the score line, but their slick one touch passes were met by ole’s from the 121 travelling fans as they went into the half time break on top.
Chesterfield came out into the second the brighter, and the home fans didn’t have to wait long for a goal an attempted clearance by the away side fell to Liam Mandeville on the edge of the box who slammed the ball into the bottom corner.
The early goal sparked a resurgence of efforts for the Spireites, Ollie Banks came the closest, a wonderful whipped in cross evaded everyone and Banks at the back post forced the keeper into another smart save.
On the half hour mark Chesterfield captain nearly gifted Woking a fourth, a wayward cross field pass was cut out by Daly who ran through on goal but Covolan’s outstretched arms made the save.
And as the time droned on Chesterfield got desperate, Paul Cook changed tact and went route one football, but Woking handled the change of direction by the home side and kept the home side at arm’s length, as they waited for patiently for an opening.
It seemed as though the Spireites ran out of ideas as the game became a game of head tennis between the two sides which suited Woking, the time ticked away to a very anti climatic end, Chesterfield fall to a third defeat in a row and fall even further down the pecking order.
Spireites manager Paul Cook was far from impressed from what he saw tonight and pointed the finger squarely at the fan’s reaction at the fans, as he told the media following the game,
“Our performance was shocking weren’t it? I will always make the case for the players. I don’t agree with fans turning on your team, turning on the players, I am football fan myself and I would never act like that. I just feel then that the atmosphere in the stadium can lead to players not really wanting to perform as they should, its a two way street guys.” Cook said.